ACAD, MTA, McMaster open new Indigenous spaces

October 5, 2016

The Alberta College of Art + Design officially celebrated the opening of the ACAD Lodgepole Center in an event that included speeches, a sacred pipe ceremony, and a tour led by Tina Kinnee-Brown, ACAD’s Indigenous Liaison. The space, which was named by the ACAD Elder Council, will host programming on traditional teachings for students and staff, and will facilitate activities such as Elder advising and support, traditional ceremonies and workshops, and sharing circles. In New Brunswick, Mount Allison University has officially opened Mawita’mkw, a designated Indigenous space on its campus. Translating as “a place we can gather,” Mawita’mkw will serve as a learning and gathering space for Indigenous students and community members. In Ontario, the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University has unveiled a new outdoor classroom. Constructed in the style of an amphitheatre, the classroom is surrounded by traditional plants and featuring four tiers of flagstone rocks to offer seating for 150 students. ACAD (1) | ACAD (2) | Sackville Tribune Post | MTA | McMaster | The Spectator | Two Row Times